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No, Feminists, Tampons Shouldn't Be Free

Anti-FeminismMonica EdwardsComment

I made this argument a long time ago, mostly due to the constant demand I see feminist making that tampons should either be free or tax free because they are just too damn expensive. Which they actually aren't. If you order them online, such as at THIS SITE, then you can get 18 band name tampons for about 4 dollars. In the store it's a bit more. My point is that you aren't exactly spending more than 10-15 dollars a month. Especially when most boxes of tampons last you more than one period. If you don't want or can't afford brand name prices (which aren't sky high anyway) you can find off brand for even less. 

The government has deemed these non-essential for a reason, because they really aren't essential. Not for every person that is. I mean, you should be more upset that toilet paper is deemed non-essential which honestly people use more of (and can be more expensive than) tampons (in the long term with how much it's used and you have to buy). Yet you still have feminists making signs by the droves about how this is unfairly taxed or that they even get charged at all:

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Other than the fact that this is basically admitting feminists only need feminism because they want free or cheap things, I also fail to see how feminism will fix this. For one, there is already a solution to this problem. If you don't like spending money on tampons every month, try investing in a DIVA Cup. It's a reusable and washable cup that will protect you on your period. For a one time fee you can have this for months or even years if you take care of it properly. There, no more monthly "period" tax specifically meant to harm women. 

What makes even less sense is the group of feminists who are into freebleeding. As of now I've seen as many sources of it being fake as it is being real. Or it's more likely that it started as a joke but some feminists thought it was serious and started to do it. If you are unaware of what this is, it's basically feminists who refuse to wear pads/tampons cause...I dunno patriarchy I guess. They think that no one should be ashamed of their periods and periods shouldn't be seen as "disgusting" or "taboo" so they just wanna bleed all over the place. The reject the notion that tampons/pads are "good" because they were developed by men AKA the evil patriarchy trying to hold them down. 

I digress, but I wanted to point out something else. You know what other items are deemed non-essential by the government that you have to pay for?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Toilet Paper
  • Soap
  • Deodorant 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Floss
  • Clothing

If these items that EVERYONE needs to live are non-essential then why would they ever make an item only a certain group of people can use non-essential, but seriously if you really can't shell out 10 bucks every few months for some tampons well here's a solution: 

There are places that will give them to you for free. At many free clinics, hospitals, and college clinics you can get them if you do not have them. Many women who are living in poverty or completely homeless can be provided these things. Unfortunately a lot of the time demand outweighs supply. Those are women who actually DO need these items. I think they should get them for free. Yet here's the issue. 

These companies like Playtex, Tampon, OB, Always, they are companies. They make a profit. They design things specifically for women. They produce and manufacture them. They have to pay for materials, employees, and everything that comes with running a company. To take away their profits is to reduce quality. This free tampon utopia that you claim to want, well it could be possible, but guess what? You wouldn't be getting brand names. You'd be getting bottom of the barrel sanitary pads that you already don't want. I know you don't want them because if you were fine with them you'd already be buying off brand. This complaint is spoiled, bratty, and self entitled. You want companies to cut their profits but provide you the same luxury because you think you deserve something for having a vagina. 

My point in all of this is, if those things up there aren't considered essential and basically EVERYONE needs them to survive, why exactly would the government consider tampons (something not everyone needs) essential? Complaining that you don't get tampons free or tax free only really reinforces that you've run out of problems. Face it feminists, you've won, you can stop now